Krista Larson is the Associated Press' West Africa bureau chief and has covered the region since 2012. Her assignments included the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the conflicts in Mali and Central African Republic. She is the 2015 winner of the Deborah Howell Award for Non-deadline Writing from the American Society of News Editors. Her work also has chronicled failures in the global response to the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone (2016), girls who were raped by U.N. peacekeepers in eastern Congo (2017), and the hardships of young women in Senegal whose husbands set off for Europe as migrants and never returned (2018). Prior to Dakar, Senegal, she was based with the AP in Johannesburg, South Africa.